Forthcoming publications

Mieschbuehler, R. (2020) The Racialisation of Campus Relations, London: Civitas.

Mieschbuehler, R. (2021) How to bring about real equality in higher education, in Bartram, B. (Ed.) (2020) Understanding Contemporary Issues in Higher Education: Contradictions, Complexities and Challenges, London and New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming)


Mieschbuehler, R. (2018) The Minoritisation of Higher Education Students: An Examination of Contemporary Policies and Practice, London and New York: Routledge.


‘This is a timely and necessary challenge to what sometimes appears to be an unassailable orthodox position on educating students from an ethnic minority background. It will be a breath of fresh air even to the many who will disagree with its position, encouraging debate.’

Dr Kevin Yuill, Senior Lecturer in American History, University of Sunderland, UK

‘In this original and challenging book Ruth Mieschbuehler critiques mainstream thinking around minority ethnic attainment within education. She effectively demonstrates how policies designed to help reduce inequality can actually serve to increase the minoritisation of the recipients of such interventions’

Dr Ken McLaughlin, Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

‘University faculty, administrators, and instructors will benefit from this examination of the factors that lead to a perception, and troubling reality of an attainment gap among ethnic minority students in higher education. This book demonstrates through theory and student voices that the minoritisation of ethnic students is largely a result of unexamined tropes and perspectives. This is a critical examination of a debate that encompasses all university personnel who are invested in diverse and inclusive learning environments for students.’

Richard Reddick, Associate Professor in Educational Administration, University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Dr Mieschbuehler’s book will shake up conventional thinking about the ‘student-centred’ university by revealing the perverse consequences of well-intentioned policies and practices which undermine the academic achievement of all students. These policies and practices are riddled with and supported by the relativism that is rife in academia and in one powerful chapter she demolishes it. All academics, university managers and administrators need to read this book and take up her challenge to discuss and debate the issues she raises.

Dennis Hayes, Professor of Education, University of Derby, UK, and Director of Academics For Academic Freedom.

Dr Tony Sewell, founder and director of Generating Genius, gave the 1st Annual Education Studies Lecture at the University of Derby on Wednesday 20 September 2017.

Generating Genius: It’s cool to be a ‘geek’

Science is no longer a taboo subject for the young people from disadvantaged communities who attended the Generating Genius programme. The educational charity which behind the programme works with students throughout their secondary schooling to help them acquire the skills they need to win places at top universities. But the programme does not stop there the broader aim is to get students ‘from the classroom into the boardroom’. But what is so special about the support the programme provides to young people that it succeeds where many well-established schools have failed? Does the charity have a magic wand or is it something any school could adopt and provide? Here to discuss the initiative is Dr Tony Sewell, founder and director of Generating Genius, whose vision it was, when he founded the charity, to show schools, parents and the world that under-achievement was something that we could easily do something about.

Chair and introduction: Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler

Venue: Institute of Education, University of Derby, Room: T201, Free event